Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Troilus and Cressida (1981, Jonathan Miller)

TitleTroilus and Cressida
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJonathan Miller
MediumColor video
Length3 hrs
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsTroilus and Cressida (interpretation)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


On the theory that language itself is a major theme of this 'curiously prolix' play, script editor David Snodin and the director elected to retain the Peter Alexander text with only minor cuts and alterations. One fairly major switch is moving the battlefield back to Troy in the last scene on the grounds that it is neater to have the play end where it begins. An interesting casting decision was giving the role of Thersites to The Incredible Orlando (Jack Birkett), the Caliban of the Derek Jarman filmed Tempest and a key member of the London-based Lindsay Kemp theatrical group. Birkett, a blind mime and female impersonator, also played Hippolyta/Titania in the Kemp 1984 Midsummer Night's Dream (see 416)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

PriamEsmond Knight
HectorJohn Shrapnel
TroilusAnton Lesser
ParisDavid Firth
DeiphobusPeter Cassell
HelenAnn Pennington
HelenusTony Portacio
MargarelonCornelius Garrett
CassandraElayne Sharling
AndromacheMerelina Kendall
AeneasTony Steedman
CalchasPeter Whitbread
CressidaSuzanne Burden
PandarusCharles Gray
AgamemnonVernon Dobtcheff
MenalausBernard Brown
AchillesKenneth Haigh
AjaxAnthony Pedley
UlyssesBenjamin Whitrow
NestorGeoffrey Chater
DiomedesPaul Moriarty
PatroclusSimon Cutter
AlexanderMax Harvey
Servant To ParisDavid Kinsey
ServantPeter Walmsley

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJonathan Miller
ProducerJonathan Miller
Literary ConsultantJohn Wilders
ComposerStephen Oliver
Fight CoordinatorWilliam Hobbs
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
CostumesAlun Hughes
MakeupEileen Mair
LightingDennis Channon
SoundDerek Miller-Timmins
Production AssociateFraser Lowden
ProductionColin Lowrey

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell